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Get a gadget this Christmas

The festive season sees the launch of the coolest new devices you can buy, from a smartwatch to a smart TV, and everything in between. Go ahead and splurge

Didn’t pick up a gadget for yourself or a loved one this Diwali? With Christmas coming up, there are, once again, a number of deals on offer, so it’s a great time to pick up a new device. Whether you’re looking to buy someone else a new toy, like a smartwatch or an e-book reader, or you’re out to get yourself a new phone, there’s something for everyone.

We take a look at the latest must-have gadgets in the market—you won’t find better ideas than these right now:

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10,499

Bounty for the TV buff. “Smarter than a smart TV," the EvoTV is a Wi-Fi enabled, Android-driven contraption that connects with any television, plays a multitude of HD media formats, provides social networking access, does gaming and allows Internet browsing. All on the TV. And then there is voice (for video calling) as well as motion gaming via Evo Touch, which works as an air mouse (you control the cursor by moving the remote like a pointer), remote control as well as a mic for Skype. What further sweetens the deal is a range of connectivity options and a slick, responsive and interesting user interface (that needs some amount of relearning though). All in all, it does a lot more than a smart TV can at one-sixth the price.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

10,999

Cicero once said that a room without books is like a body without a soul. But he hadn’t used a Kindle. A must-have for every bookworm, the high-contrast, black and white, 6-inch capacitive touch screen with its 212 dpi (dots per inch) resolution is the peerless present for an avid reader. Its two-finger pinch or zoom adjustable point-size text is all legible—be it dazzling sunlight or pitch dark. The e-ink based matt display means you can read on it for hours together—like a paper-based book—with minimal eye-strain. The battery lasts for more than 40 days with daily use. You can tuck over 1,100 full tomes into its 206g body. On-screen reading has never been better.

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12,900

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Smartwatches

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While the possibility of stuffing Google Glass into a Christmas stocking for your tech-savvy kith and kin may be a year away, you could get them a smartwatch for now. Wireless-hooked to a smartphone via Bluetooth, smartwatches update users about incoming mail, messages, texts, weather and social media posts, etc., right on the wrist. Some let you answer calls by holding them up to your ear, or via Bluetooth earpieces. Others allow you to shoot images and video with an in-built camera, control music and media, track your health, and more. The ones making waves right now are Samsung with its Gear watch ( 22,900), Qualcomm with Toq ($349.99, or around 21,000), Sony with Smartwatch ( 14,990) and the most popular of them all, the 38g, waterproof Pebble ($150).

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SoundTouch 20/Portable, 32,512; SoundTouch 30, 52,763

If you want to gift music to the ears of melody mavens, the recently launched Bose SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi music systems are a great option. They allow one to playback (and control) Internet radio, music services, as well as one’s own music library on the computer over Wi-Fi. With one-touch access to music and six personalized presets on the device, simplicity and minimalism are the name of the game. What’s more, any iOS or Android device can act as the remote control via the companion SoundTouch Controller app. This also means that one can carry the SoundTouch anywhere within the Wi-Fi cloud in the house and still access one’s iTunes library. SoundTouch Portable comes with a built-in rechargeable battery for unplugged renditions in outdoorsy situations.

Nokia Lumia 1020

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Unarguably the best smartphone shooter currently, the Lumia 1020 marries Nokia’s second-generation, eye-popping 41-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS) technology with 6-lens Zeiss optics. The well-built handset is capable of producing sharp 7,712x5,360 pixel resolution images even in adverse conditions.

Its raw image capturing prowess and close-cropping capability will delight any trigger-happy shutterbug. It’s also a good phone, running Windows Phone 8 OS on a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 2 GB RAM. There’s 32 GB internal memory and also 7 GB of free cloud storage with SkyDrive. The phone has a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1,280x768), sculpted Corning Gorilla 3 Glass display. It also has a Xenon flash for still images, along with an LED flash for full HD video that it records at a rate of 30 frames per second.

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